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it operates, or its effects on the ground. but frontline has spent months traveling through afghanistan, investigating how this secret campaign is conducted, what it's doing to the taliban and al qaeda, and whether it can play a decisive part in ending the war. >> narrator: our journey begins in khost province, eastern afghanistan. this is where al qaeda trained some of the 9/11 hijackers. it's now the heartland of the haqqani network, a ruthless branch of the taliban insurgency responsible for some of the most vicious attacks of the war. over the past year, there's been a dramatic escalation of kill/capture missions here. we're with the soldiers of the 101st airborne division and their afghan counterparts. they've received intelligence that a wanted taliban leader is hiding out nearby. >> we're going after a mid-level insurgent here in the district. guy's name is gulab, this guy right here. he's an ied facilitator, kidnapper, just all-around bad guy. we're going to do an air assault on his compound. >> roger, we copy. ( helicopter blades whirring ) >> narrator: in khost and across the
up the afghan army and police with the aim that foreign combat troops can withdraw from afghanistan completely by the end of 2014. vic? >> kai, thank you. the u.s. has spent more than $400 billion on the afghan conflict so far. >>> two westbounds and counting. lawmakers are raising the debt ceiling, or the u.s. could default on its loans for the first time ever. danielle nottingham reports for weaj, from washington-- wjz from washington. >> reporter: one by one, senators are sounding off about the tea party backed debt plan called cut back and balance. >> that is what america wants and it's what washington needs. >> the proposal that is before us could turn a recession into a depression. >> i think it's a superior piece of legislation. it's not a serious proposal. >> reporter: the plan increases the debt limit, in exchange for billions of dollars in immediate spending cuts, limits on future spending, and a constitutional amendment, requiring a balanced federal budget. it passed the house earlier this week, but it doesn't have a chance of passing the democratic-controlled senate. >>
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